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10 Plagues of Egypt

Finishing the week of Passover, this video features some spectacular effects - and tells a grand story.


For the info about the plagues, see this entry.

Today's pictures & links:
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Can Russia Defeat Us with Atom Bombs? (1950)

Read this great article from the heyday of Cold War (with more great graphics)

(image credit: Modern Mechanix)


Mystery Landscape

Where do you think this takes place?

Answer: inside of the human' nostril looking out!

Das Leben des Menschen... (The Life of Man). Vol. 5 - by Fritz Kahn (1888-1968)
See more works of Fritz Kahn here.


Tatjana Van Vark's Industrial Art Curiosities

Tatjana Van Vark makes anachronistic tech art, which defies an easy description. These are gorgeous intricate contraptions, full of wheels within wheels - a clockwork paradise. Check out her Coding Machine (similar to Enigma)

The Free Pendulum Timekeeper:

The other incredible part of her site is Navigation and Bombing System NBS installation
(used in British V-bombers Victor, Vulcan and Valiant)

See more here. She also makes incredible working replica's of historic arithmetic and mechanic/electronic instruments.
(thanks Martijn R)


Mixed fresh links for today:

Childhood Fears: a scariest portfolio - [wow art]
House Inspection Horrors - [oops]
GMail's Custom Time - [useful]
Kid's Letters to God - [funny]
Your Very Own Meditator - [vintage] [weird]
The highest stacked tower of champagne flutes - [art]
The Talking Goat: Say What?! - [fun video]
Insane Motorcycle Jumps - into abyss - [wow video]
Spectacular Simulated Fight - [wow video]


Totalitarian Architecture "Masterpiece" by Romanian Dictator

So called "Casa Poporului" (The House of the People) built by Ceausescu in 1989 - is the second largest building in the world (after Pentagon) and the largest in Europe. It has 330,000 sq. meters of space (including four underground floors and bunkers) The interior ornamentation is top-notch and incredibly luxurious. (source Budyon)

And the wide, straight avenue leading to it: named "The Victory of Socialism" - built under orders to be wider and longer than Champs d'Elysee in Paris.

(images credit: Budyon)

And here's a very interesting comparison, provided by Mike Homola:
(the House of the People turns into Moscow State University: Stalin's most famous skyscraper)


Beautiful Art from POV Editions

Linn Olofsdotter's intricate creation:

(image credit: Linn Olofsdotter)


Illustrating Spam (Literally)

You know these ridiculous messages you get in your mailbox? A Spam a Day turns them into equally crazy cartoons:

The other site exploiting the crazy spam headlines is Spamusement (their style however is quite different).


Dr. Evil found among Russian Politicians

This would be Egor Gaidar - one time prime-minister of Russia.


More of the vicious destruction of office equipment. Send us pictures of your own released angst - of course try not to harm any public property.

Gamers! Here is how to give your legs some rest:

and how to catch some sleep, after all -


(image credit: Jennifer Berman)

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Blogger admin said...

the house of people is also the parliament of romania

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of nitpicks:

The name of the former Romanian dictator is commonly spelled Ceausescu, not Chaushescu (although the pronunciation sounds similar).

Dom Narodov sounds suspiciously Russian, the Romanian language, however, is not related to Russian, but Latin.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Further to Dom Narodov: in Romanian, the building is called Casa Poporului.

Blogger admin said...

yeah, what he/she said! :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a book about the Vulcan raid on Argentinia for Christmas. It's a really good read. Still the furthest bombing raid ever! Damn argies still think the falklands are theirs!


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